New employer wants me to start in two days. I want to give two weeks to my current job.

2018-08-27 23:06:12

I just got a new job offer, and they want me to start in two days because there's an event they'd like me to be at. I think this event would be beneficial and would like to go, but I want to give my current employer two weeks' notice. As I see it, my options are:

Leave my job tomorrow and start the new job in two days (no two weeks' notice).

Give two weeks' notice at my current job and don't go to the event at my new job.

Give two weeks' notice and ask for the day off from my current job to go to the event at my new job (time off requests usually need to be approved further in advance).

Out of respect to my current employer, I'd like to give two weeks' notice, so option 1 seems like a bad choice.

Option 2 seems fine, but I'd really like to go to the event if possible because I think it would help with my on-boarding process.

Option 3 seems like my best option in terms of balancing my current and future employment. But, I'm not sure how or if I should approach my ne

  • Alternative to your suggestions: You talk to your manager. You tell him that you would like to give two weeks notice, and have that one particular day off. If he thinks he needs the full two weeks notice, offer staying one more day. You can always give fifteen days notice instead of fourteen. (Just noticed "It's a part time job". I'm sure you can put two days work into one day then, if you are only working four hours a day).

    A reasonable manager will be fine with this, and the problem is solved. If the manager is unreasonable and doesn't want to give you the day off, check whether you are in a location where you may leave without notice, and tell him that in this case you will give notice to the day before the event. As far as I know, the 14 days notice in the US is professional courtesy. If the company is unreasonable, the courtesy goes away. This may very well make that manager change his mind.

    Obviously all that only happens if you signed a contract with the new company.


    2018-08-28 00:14:40
  • You should always give the appropriate notice. 2 weeks is customary, and your soon to be future employer should understand that.

    You can say something to the effect of:

    "I am relied on heavily at my current job, to only give two weeks notice will not only hurt them, but will most likely cost me a positive reference. I need to give my current employer a two week notice."

    You can tell your current employer about the one day event you need to attend for your new employer, and go to it, during your notice period.

    2018-08-28 01:31:27